B Vitamins and Depression and Cognition

Peter ForsterPhysical Conditions and Health, Treatments of Depression

We ran across a Q&A from Consumer Lab on the role of B vitamins in depression which sparked us to update and expand this section of our page on nutritional supplements.

ConsumerLab.com Answers  

I’ve heard that having low B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Is that true?
Yes, being deficient in vitamin B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Correcting a deficiency in one of these vitamins may help improve symptoms of depression, and some B vitamins may increase the effectiveness certain antidepressant medications, such as SSRI’s. 

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